Prerana Marasini

KATHMANDU: The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal will have a new Constitution by May 2010.

The Constituent Assembly (CA) on Sunday decided to prepare the Constitution in 82 weeks. In April 2008, CA elections were held in Nepal and a two-year timeframe was set to draft the Constitution. The Constitution could be unveiled on May 28, 2010.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala has said the party would not accept the Constitution, if it is written without consensus with the NC.

Xinhua reports:

The government will hold talks with as many as 12 armed groups operating in the southern Nepal’s Terai within the next two weeks, according to Local Development Minister Ramchandra Jha.

According to The Himalayan Times, Mr. Jha declined to give the names of the armed groups .